bookspacePhoto of readermy comments
 home > bookspace > my comments > comment: after camelot : a personal history of the kennedy family 1968 to the present /
Subscribe via RSS 
After Camelot : a personal history of the Kennedy family 1968 to the present
Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
Adult Nonfiction E843 .T37 2012

Comments  Summary  Reviews  Author Notes

From Publishers' Weekly:

Taraborrelli picks up where he left off in Jackie, Ethel, Joan, adding more revelatory portraits of the Kennedys during the past four decades. To document America's "royal family," he conducted interviews with family members and their intimates, such people as Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Oleg Cassini, Robert McNamara, Pierre Salinger, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and numerous confidential sources. He also relied heavily on the 40 years of personal correspondence between Jackie Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson. There's a parade of triumphs and tragedies, along with an insider's view of family dynamics in crises both public and private: financial negotiations before Jackie's marriage to Onassis; family interference in Pat Kennedy and Peter Lawford's troubled marriage; Ted Kennedy's bad behavior at Chappaquiddick, and his support of Caroline's abortive Senate run to carry on the "family dynasty." Taraborrelli has a fine flair for turning dry facts into dramatic descriptions so that many oft-told stories take on a new perspective. Meticulous multilayered details breathe life into remarkable recreations of family gatherings throughout this superb "fly on the wall" survey of the Camelot clan. Photos. Agent: TK. (Apr. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Popular biographer and journalist Taraborrelli (Michael Jackson: The Madness, the Magic, the Whole Story) presents his second book on the Kennedy family after Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot. Through extensive interviews with Kennedy staffers, friends, and family members, he tells the intertwining personal stories of members of JFK's extended family up to Edward Kennedy's death in 2009. He fills out the saga with many flashbacks to years before 1968, providing a fuller picture than the subtitle implies. In 24 parts, most of them centered around one member of the clan, he keeps readers deeply engaged with a comfortable, almost novelistic, style including much dialog (although there are several pages of source notes at the back, the quoted conversations are not fully traced). Despite the story's many tragic angles, it's also one about family loyalty, joy, and closeness. VERDICT Taraborrelli shows what makes the Kennedy legacy so enduring. His book, not aimed at academics, will appeal both to those long fascinated with the Kennedys and those new to following them, as well as readers more generally interested in American political and social history over these years. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/11.]-Laura Krier, California Digital Lib., Oakland (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Be the first to add a comment! Share your thoughts about this title. Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

Question about returns, requests or other account details?
 Add a Comment
Submission Guidelines

Find this title in the Library Catalog
Find this title in the Library Catalog

recent comments
hcl mobile app
Facebook Twitter Tumblr YouTube Vimeo Flickr Federal Depository Library Federal
Hennepin County Government Hennepin
© 2014  Hennepin County Library12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Comments and Feedback    |    RSS